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Keith Law: Jurickson Profar Is The No. 7 Prospect In Baseball

Over at ESPN Insider, Keith Law posted his list of the top 100 prospects in MLB, four of whom came from the Texas Rangers: SS Jurickson Profar (No. 7), LHP Martin Perez (No. 20), 3B Mike Olt (No. 75) and RHP Neil Ramirez (No. 99).

According to Law, Profar, still only 20 years old, is a potential superstar:

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The Sally League's youngest regular was one of its most impressive prospects of any age; Profar showed the selectivity of a player six or seven years his senior, outstanding instincts in the field and more power than anticipated in his full-season debut.

Profar is a plus-makeup, plus-feel, plus-instincts guy who breaks the mold of that type of player by also having tremendous tools. Born in Curacao, he was scouted more as a pitcher that a position player before he signed. His defense projects as plus, if it isn't there already, with good hands, great reactions off the bat and of course a plus arm. At the plate, his approach is very advanced, and he's stronger than I realized, showing the ability to drive the ball the other way. He needs to keep his stride shorter -- I've seen him overstride to the point where his back side collapses -- and might have more pull power if he does so. He is only an average runner down the line but gets more out of his speed through his feel for baserunning.

Profar is also a player to root for, because of the energy he brings to the game and what a potential superstar like him could do for the sport on the global stage.

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